Interesting Facts - Page 40

196
A queen bee has the same DNA as a worker bee. She becomes a queen by being fed large amounts of a substance known as "royal jelly" in the larval stage.
197
Shanghai is a word. It means to force or trick someone to working on the crew of a ship.
198
Depending on how you look at it, Canada became an independent country in 1867, 1931, 1982, or never!
199
In 1963 the population of the United Arab Emirates was only about 95 thousand. Today it is over 9.5 million - an increase of 10,000%. However, a majority of the residents are guest workers from third world countries who have few legal rights.
200
Thomas Midgley Jr. was a brilliant but star-crossed inventor. He invented leaded gasoline to prevent engines from knocking. Unfortunately, it lowered the IQs of people exposed to it. He also invented Freon as a non-toxic refrigerant. Unfortunately, it destroyed the ozone layer. Late in life, he contracted polio and devised a system of ropes and levers to pull him out of bed. This backfired as well, causing his death by strangulation.
+1
Level 56
Apr 1, 2019
I honestly don’t understand how Canada is still not independent. People who think we are part of Britain are certainly ignorant Americans who think we end our sentences with “eh”.
+8
Level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
Canada's head of state is the Queen. (Not to be confused with the head of government). Furthermore, she appoints the Governor General who can, in theory, sack the Prime Minister. Don't think it can happen? It did in Australia in 1975. But, yeah, almost all people - myself included - think Canada is an independent country.
+4
Level 73
May 14, 2019
Canada's head of state is the Queen of Canada, not the Queen of England. Same person, different office - important constitutional distinction!
+2
Level 66
Apr 9, 2020
@WT2008 agreed
+25
Level ∞
Apr 12, 2019
By the way, please refrain from insulting other people or cultures on JetPunk. The only people who do that are ignorant Belgian waffleheads.
+1
Level 56
Aug 9, 2019
Sorry Quizmaster. I acknowledge that the Queen is the head of state of Canada and I apologize to all those I may have offended
+3
Level 35
May 5, 2020
i like belgian waffles
+1
Level 52
Jun 5, 2020
@BotswanaEmperor are you a Belgian Wafflehead?
+18
Level 69
May 9, 2019
@awesomequizzer, well you did end your sentence with "eh"...
+4
Level 47
May 25, 2019
Holy shoot
+1
Level 62
Aug 12, 2020
Technically he did, and you did too you sneaky Canadian wafflehead!
+2
Level 47
Oct 30, 2019
but you did
+1
Level 56
Sep 26, 2020
It's been over a year, I keep coming back to this and laughing
+1
Level 66
Apr 9, 2020
Any proof that the IQs of people exposed to leaded gasoline were lowered?
+1
Level 80
Aug 6, 2020
highly dubious
+2
Level 41
May 16, 2020
OR 1945. You could argue that no countries were countries until the UN came along!
+2
Level 66
May 28, 2020
🙄
+1
Level 48
Jul 10, 2020
Poor Thomas Midgley Jr.
+1
Level 39
Aug 30, 2020
@Relox84 Mmmmm...Canadian waffles....it's the cheese curds and maple syrup that make it special, eh.